The next version of macOS is called Mojave and it was announced at the 2018 WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference. Every year, Apple derives it’s naming scheme for macOS after California-inspired locations and this year, it was inspired by the Mojave desert. Apple’s macOS Mojave will be coming this Fall, most likely in September or October. It’s currently in developer-only beta, with a public beta coming soon.

Update: as of September 24, 2018 macOS Mojave is publicly available. Visit the macOS Mojave page on the App Store, then click the Get button to install it.

Whats new in macOS Mojave?

  • Dark Mode and Dynamic desktop
  • Desktop Stacks
  • The reimagined Mac App Store
  • Finder Gallery View
  • New Privacy Protections

Dark Mode

Finally mac users will be getting dark mode, a dramatic new look that will help out those who love dark themes.The Dark mode will transform the entire operating system, from the dock and menu bar to windows and apps (including third-party apps ). If you wish to join the Dark side you can access it by going to System Preferences and choosing the darker appearance. This is an optional feature that you can enable and disable anytime.

Dynamic desktop

Dynamic Desktop shifts your desktop background throughout the day. In the example given by apple , wallpapers will shift into a new look in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night. It’s not clear if you will be able to add your own backgrounds or use the default wallpapers that come with the OS.

Stacks

Stacks is a new organizational feature that’s included in macOS Mojave. The new feature will automatically arrange your scatted, unorganized desktop back in order. All your images, documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, and other files will be sorted based on file type, date, tag, and more thus reducing desktop clutter.

Files added to the desktop are automatically organized into their respective Stacks based on your settings.

Mac App Store

Mac App Store arrives with a new interface that was designed from the ground up but it’s still familiar. Apple has included a variety of new tabs in the Mac App Store that display different types of items such as apps, creating, work, play, development, categories, and updates(Apps).

Finder

Apple has made it easier to find, view, and manipulate the files on your Mac using the revamped Finder. There’s now a gallery view that will help in looking through folders for images or PDF documents, and give a preview.

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With Quick Actions in the Preview pane, you can work on files right from the Finder. Some of the actions that you can implement include rotating images, password-protect documents, trim videos, and more — without having to open an app or rename it.

Privacy and Security

macOS Mojave comes with a variety of new privacy and security features that will help you to take control of your data and improve the security of your mac. Apps will now request permission to access your webcam, microphone, message history, emails stored in Mail, and Safari now automatically blocks third party trackers on the web.

macOS Mojave
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FaceTime

Face time now supports up to 32 people at once. This works on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch as well.

Now you can use your iPhone to shoot a nearby object or scan a document and have it automatically appear on your Mac.

More features

  • Identify all your open websites with just a glance by enabling favicons in Safari Preferences.
  • Siri now controls HomeKit-enabled devices. It can help you find saved passwords.
  • There’s a new Emoji button in Mail for quickly adding emoji to your emails.
  • Software Update options are now located in a new “Software Update” section in System Preferences instead of in the Mac App Store.
  • Apple renamed the iBooks app. It’s now named “Apple Books.”
  • There’s an option to enable notification previews in the Notifications section of the System Preferences.
  • The News app is now available in MacOS.

Top 10 Features by BTNHD

macOS Mojave features summary

Dark Mode
• Experience a dramatic new look for your Mac that puts your content front and center while controls recede into the background.
• Enjoy new app designs that are easier on your eyes in dark environments.

Desktop
• View an ever-changing desktop picture with Dynamic Desktop.
• Automatically organize your desktop files by kind, date, or tag using Stacks.
• Capture stills and video of your screen using the new Screenshot utility.

Finder
• Find your files visually using large previews in Gallery View.
• See full metadata for all file types in the Preview pane.
• Rotate an image, create a PDF, and more — right in the Finder using Quick Actions.
• Mark up and sign PDFs, crop images, and trim audio and video files using Quick Look.

Continuity Camera
• Photograph an object or scan a document nearby using your iPhone, and it automatically appears on your Mac.

Mac App Store
• Browse handpicked apps in the new Discover, Create, Work, and Play tabs.
• Discover the perfect app and make the most of those you have with stories, curated collections, and videos.

iTunes
• Search with lyrics to find a song using a few of the words you remember.
• Start a personalized station of any artist’s music from the enhanced artist pages.
• Enjoy the new Friends Mix, a playlist of songs your friends are listening to.

Safari
• Block Share and Like buttons, comment widgets, and embedded content from tracking you without your permission with enhanced Intelligent Tracking Prevention.
• Prevent websites from tracking your Mac using a simplified system profile that makes you more anonymous online.

Apple News
• Read Top Stories selected by Apple News editors, trending stories popular with readers, and a customized feed created just for you.
• Keep your favorite topics, channels, and saved stories up to date on your Mac and iOS devices.

Stocks
• Create a customized watchlist and view interactive charts that sync across your Mac and iOS devices.
• Browse business news driving the markets curated by Apple News editors.

Voice Memos
• Make audio recordings, listen to them as you work with other apps, or use them in a podcast, song, or video.
• Access audio clips from your iPhone on your Mac using iCloud.

Home
• Organize and control all of your HomeKit accessories from your desktop.
• Receive real-time notifications from your home devices while you work.

Compatible Devices

macOS Mojave will work with machines manufactured in 2012 or later. Older 2010 and 2011 machines that were able to run macOS High Sierra will not be upgradeable.

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid 2010 and mid 2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU)

READ: iOS 12 Latest Features.

Source: Apple, macrumors

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